Saturday 8 August 2015

Maruti aims to sell upto 5,000 units of S-Cross every month

The all diesel S-Cross comes in seven variants - four in the 1.2 litre DDiS 200 model and three models in the upper class 1.6 litre DDiS 320 model.
Maruti aims to sell upto 5,000 units of S-Cross every month

Car major Maruti Suzuki , which looks to claw at the dominance of SUV leaders Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, expects to sell 4,000-5000 units of its maiden crossover SUV, the S-Cross, every month. "We have set an internal target of selling 4,000 to 5,000 units of S-Cross a month, and capacity can be ramped up or down depending on demand," Executive Director and Head of Marketing and Sales, T Hashimoto said here after launching the S-Cross today, priced at Rs 8.8 lakh to Rs 14.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. The all diesel S-Cross comes in seven variants - four in the 1.2 litre DDiS 200 model and three models in the upper class 1.6 litre DDiS 320 model. The company said it has no plans to roll out a petrol variant nor an automatic transmission model. Maruti also ruled out exporting this model. When asked about plans, Executive Director and Head of Sales and Marketing, R S Kalsi told PTI that the company has no plans to export this unit as the crossover SUV has undergone a lot of India-specific changes. It can be noted that SUVs have been one of the most successfully selling models in the country for quite some time. Industry consultant IHS Automotive predicts that SUV sales may sniff at 1-million mark by 2020 in the country, which is almost double 5,50,000 units sales it expects this year. Maruti enjoys 45 percent market share in the domestic car market but the No 2 is way below and the No 3 is further down the line. The compact SUV segment has been dominated by Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, while the larger SUV space is dominated by Fortuner and Land Cruiser from Toyota and Scorpio and XUV500 from the domestic player Mahindra and the just launched Creta from Hyundai. Against this, the rivals have better pricing. While the popular Duster is priced at Rs 9.12 lakh, the Hyundai Creta is priced at Rs 12.49 lakh in Delhi for comparable engine variants.

Ashes 2015: it's our way, and now the highway

The doctrine of Australian exceptionalism has misled the Test team to a point where after two days of the fourth Test, only the formalities in their forfeiture of the Ashes remain. In this maelstrom of a match and series, Australia will have more time to reflect on losing than they have spent in the guilty act. It will be torturous.
On day two, Australia's top order and their stubbornly unmended ways crumbled only a little less instantly and ignominiously than they had on day one, buffered as they were by a century opening stand, which ought to have proofed them against crumbling, but did not. If the problem on day one was the pitch, as Michael Clarke claimed, the problem on day two was the tempo. Most, maybe all, of Australia's specialist batsmen tumbled with eyes wide open into obvious traps laid by England, exploiting their elements, as all home teams do.
Shaun Marsh: Australia would have been better off picking a traffic cone.
Shaun Marsh: Australia would have been better off picking a traffic cone. Photo: Getty Images
Chris Rogers was caught in the slips twice in two overs, the second time from a legal delivery, double jeopardy. David Warner fell as he did in the second innings at Edgbaston, as he nearly did in the previous over this day, trying to shovel a short ball to leg. It was as if he was saying to England that they needn't think they had it over him there. But they did.
Steve Smith stepped across his stumps, as he does, and Stuart Broad bowled a stump's breadth wider, as he has been doing, and Smith stepped across again, and drove straight to the man set for the shot at point. Earlier in the series, Smith turned his back on such temptations, but it was if he was saying he could play England at that game if he wanted. But he couldn't. Smith's halo has slipped; since his Lord's opus, he had made four single-figure scores.
Shaun Marsh did what Shaun Marsh does, followed an outswinger and nicked to slip. If you wanted to be cruel, you could say that Australia should have replaced Mitch Marsh with a traffic cone. They would have been no worse off for bowlers, and at least the traffic cone would not have chased a swinging ball (though it would have been a sucker for lbw). For vinegar, England's five-wicket hero this day was Ben Stokes, in the role of the fourth seamer Australia forwent.
Halo slipped: Steve Smith.
Halo slipped: Steve Smith. Photo: Getty Images
The exception to this second capitulation was more problematic than the rule. Even after an hour's watchfulness, Clarke could only prod at Mark Wood's outswinger and was caught in slips. This was not hubris, but helplessness, the stroke of a man so long out of form it can no longer be considered to be a temporary state, any moment now to be outweighed by the permanence of class and the heft of his record. He goes on to The Oval as General Custer.
Stuart Broad's eight first-innings wickets already have acquired the status of a wildly popular dance video clip in England, on permanent loop on every television set, the slipsmen, swaying left and right, playing the part of background dancers. It is on the way to becoming an earworm in both countries. But this was a new day, a new threshold. "You never know," Clarke had said on gloomy Thursday evening. We should have.
It was another bowling day. In the morning, Mitch Starc, Moeen Ali, Wood and the omni-brilliant Broad in their several ways gave the game a 20-over, 5/117 shove, as if a match already free of gravity needed one. Innately, Starc has more swing than New York city, but only sometimes commensurate rhythm. This was one, sustained throughout an 11-over spell, with old ball and new, one slim picking for Australia from this wreckage.
England's fourth seamer Ben Stokes picked up five wickets.
England's fourth seamer Ben Stokes picked up five wickets. Photo: AP
But Starc was one against the grain. Otherwise, Australia was again a ragged outfit. Unaccountably, Mitch Johnson refused to bowl bouncers at nightwatchman Wood, as improbable as a dog failing to raise its leg against a tree, and so Wood hit with impunity and got England's bandwagon rolling again. Moeen and Broad put on 59, and every run was like a picadore's lance into Australia's wounded flank.
When Australia batted again before lunch, the tape played identically up to the point where ball reached batsman. There, it was spliced with another. In the first innings, everything became a snick and a catch. Now, the ball missed the edge, four times in one over from Broad to Warner, and many times thereafter. When it did catch an edge, it eluded slips' fingertips. When it did go to slips, Alastair Cook dropped one, and almost another, and Ian Bell did, too.
A half-volley arrived, then another, novelties. Warner and Rogers pounced. Sometimes, they also left; evidently, it was possible. For an hour or so, orthodoxy and serenity reigned. At 0/60, the crowd cheered mockingly. At 0/100, the humour was more restrained. A wicket for Wood was cancelled out by a no-ball, and later another. Where was all this largesse way back on Thursday? Somewhere along the way, the millionth ball in Test cricket in England was bowled. The Australians knew they had to face a million more, but no-one was out yet.
All the while, though, there was that absurd number in the corner of the scoreboard, winking at them. Sixty. Six-ty. It just looked wrong, like no cricket figure before, too little obviously, but also too round and too final. It did not compute. But it did weigh, like a millstone. Australia needed not only to survive a million balls, they had to make a million runs.
Then the pendulum swung. England's bowling was as potent as Australia's was profligate. It surrounded the Australians. No wickets became four, in four overs, and the countdown began. Consider this: England's bowlers generated 16 catches between wicketkeeper and point, Australia's five. Even allowing for the missing innings, it tells a tale of contrasting competence in the conditions. There was no escape.
Peter Nevill might reasonably argue that leaving the swerving ball is no more efficacious than playing; twice in two weeks, he has been out without offering. Adam Voges set his jaw against the tide and batted through to stumps, drawn a little early as a shroud descended.
In England, the light sometimes is dull, and the pitches seamy, and the ball swings, and they like it that way, and are good at it, and also the crowd barracks for England. Who would have thought?

After Dominos, now KFC fails quality tests in Uttar Pradesh

Bowl full of trouble?
Bowl full of trouble?
After Dominos failed food quality tests in the Western part of the Uttar Pradesh, notices have been served to KFC after its ingredients failed quality tests.
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The matter has been reported from the Allahabad district where the Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) confirmed the adulteration.
According to reports, the FSDA had collected samples of edible oil from a KFC outlet, the franchise of which is owned by Yum Restaurant Private Limited. After tests, it was found that "miracle powder" was being used to keep the oil fresh. The palmolein oil was also found rancidity positive.

"Once the oil becomes rancidity positive, it becomes acidic when it comes into contact with oxygen. This directly affects the digestive system", additional commissioner of the FSDA Ram Araj Maurya said. The department has served two notices to the KFC outlet, he added
Meanwhile, troubles continued for  Maggi in Uttar Pradesh as some more samples failed the quality tests of the FSDA. "About 500 samples were collected from various districts of the state and three additional samples were collected from the Barabanki district.

All of them have failed quality tests. The lead content in these samples were found above the permissible limit of 2.7 parts per million and we are further sending it to the central FSDA", Maurya added.
In July last month the FDA had cancelled the license of the Gajraula outlet of Dominos in the Amroha district after its tomato sauce snack packing was found unsafe for consumption after tests in the Kolkota laboratory.

Stokes proves 'folk hero' credentials

In the absence of James Anderson and with the attack being blunted it was England's allrounder who brought the urn within reach

#PoliteEnquiries: Is Stokes the new new new Botham?

It is a painful coincidence that, just as England should be - barring a miracle - clinching the Investec Ashes on Saturday, the Premier League football season will be starting once more.

That brief window in the year, between football seasons, Olympic games, European and World Championships, will shut and the breath of oxygen cricket enjoys will be cut off once more. Just as the English game has something to celebrate and relish, it will go back to existing in its own little bubble. However much it has to shout about, it will not be heard above the din created by football.

With so little cricket - and no live cricket - on free to air TV, it will prove desperately hard for the ECB to fulfil one of the aims of its recent planning strategy. Earlier this year, it emerged that the ECB identified the need for the game to create "folk heroes" to help it regain relevance and popularity with the mass market.

That is a shame for, as England celebrate their success, they can also look forward with excitement. For while the 2013 Ashes was won by a team at the end of its life cycle, this success comes with a team at the start of one. A team that is committed to playing attractive cricket, engaging with the public and helping make the sport relevant again.

And, while there are several exciting, young players in this side - Joe Root, at 24, stands out - there is an obvious potential "folk hero" in Ben Stokes.

Stokes is, give or take, the cricketer that just about every young player wants to be when they first start to play the game. He bats with belligerence, he bowls with pace and his fielding is so good, you wonder if he could catch Lord Lucan.

He has character, too. In an age when many sportsmen appear - in front of the media, at least - homogenised and sterile, Stokes remains just a little bit, and in the very best way, untamed. Any Australian who thought he might be intimidated by trash talk or bouncers was soon put right when Stokes, in his second Test, scored a maiden century in Perth when all about him fell away.

Stokes bowled beautifully, swinging the ball a prodigious distance, while also showing admirable control, stamina and pace

"We did see that," Stokes said with a chuckle, when asked about Steven Smith's pre-series comment about England "not getting close" to Australia. "But hopefully we're going to win the Ashes tomorrow." His unspoken message was simple: talk is cheap.

He has, at times, seemed a bit daft. There was the incident where he punched a locker in Barbados, the time he was sent home from a Lions tour for embracing the nightlife a little too enthusiastically, and a couple of times when bowlers have provoked him into some unwise strokes.

So he has needed to grow up, but not change. For it is Stokes' fearlessness that renders him special. It is his love for the heat of battle and his desire to be involved when others might go missing.

England have had many cautious, percentage cricketers. They have had many players who put the ball in good areas, bat with patience and field tidily. And that is just fine. They are useful skills.

But Stokes is priceless. And he is the other sort. He is the sort that will disregard caution, relish the fight and, on his day, turn games in a session with bat or ball. And if it goes spectacularly wrong sometimes - and it will - it is a price worth paying as he will unsettle opponents and, given exposure, inspire another generation of supporters to the game in much the manner that Ian Botham once did. It would be folly to try and change him. England have a gem. It would be wretched if the schedule or the media or the expectation changed him.

He appears to relish responsibility. Since he was promoted to the No. 6 position, at the start of the summer, he has averaged 41.40 (despite just five runs in his last three innings) with one match-defining century (against New Zealand) and three other half-centuries. His strike rate of 77.52 might have been deemed decent in limited-overs cricket not so long ago; now it helps demoralise opposition in Tests and speed games away from them. In the months before that, after the end of the Ashes in Australia and when he batted at No. 7 or lower, he averaged just 8.66.

Similarly, here, he rose to the challenge with the ball. With James Anderson absent and both Mark Wood and Steven Finn lacking rhythm, England needed Stokes to deliver. By the time he was thrown the ball, the Australia opening pair had posted 50 and the attack, with Moeen Ali again struggling, was starting to look thin. The absence of Anderson was, for the first time in the game, starting to hurt.

But Stokes bowled beautifully. Swinging the ball a prodigious distance, he also showed admirable control - conceding just over two an over despite an attacking field of four slips and a gully - impressive stamina - his first spell last for 11 overs - and decent pace, as he reached 89.9 mph at his peak. At one stage, he claimed three wickets in 13 balls - three of Australia's top four - and two balls later, took a sharp, low catch at short cover-point to account for Smith.

While his stock ball is an inswinger that evokes faint memories of Imran Khan - such a delivery accounted for Peter Nevill, leaving one that swung sharply to trap him in front of middle - he also has the ability, on a good day, to move the ball away from the right-hander, thereby creating confusion and uncertainty in the batsman's mind.

It is probably relevant, though, that four of his victims were left-handers. While two, Shaun Marsh and Chris Rogers, were drawn into playing at balls leaving them, Mitchell Johnson was simply unfortunate to receive a straight one that demanded a stroke and swung late enough to take the edge.

Perhaps Stokes' strength, and the extra pace that provides, earned the wicket of David Warner. Attempting a short-arm pull, he seemed hurried and could only manage a top edge.

His figures do not flatter him. While his bowling average in the series was nudging 100 before this Test, he has suffered more than most from dropped chances this summer - Ian Bell has now dropped four catches off Stokes in the slips - and bowled some selfless spells in tough conditions in the Caribbean so Anderson and Broad could be spared. This haul might be regarded as overdue reward for his work. He already has only one fewer five-wicket haul in Test cricket than Andrew Flintoff.

"I've always been able to swing the ball," Stokes said. "But I've never had the chance to bowl for England when the conditions are so in favour of swing. I play my cricket at Durham, where the ball swings, so I felt comfortable. It was good to get a bit more responsibility, really."

It was fitting that he should provide such a performance in the match that seals the Ashes, too. England's balance - their ability to bat down to No. 8 and field a five-man attack - might well be seen as the difference between the team. Stokes has played a huge role in providing that.

Good allrounders change everything. It was Flintoff's period of excellence that helped Michael Vaughan lead England to the Ashes in 2005. And it was Botham's excellence that helped cement Mike Brearley's reputation as one of the great captains. Alastair Cook now has a player that balances his side and can excel in all disciplines. He has a game-changer.

If England could only find a way to get Stokes on to more TV screens, he could make a difference far beyond defining the result of matches.

Meet Wim ‘Iceman’ Hof, the guy who endures freezing temperatures

Wim Hof is a 56-year-old Dutchman who can manipulate his body so it doesn’t feel cold.
Wim Hof is a 56-year-old Dutchman who can manipulate his body so it doesn’t feel cold.Source: Facebook
YOU get the feeling Wim Hof is the kind of bloke who wouldn’t have batted an eyelid if he had visited Australia during our recent “Antarctic vortex”.
Dubbed the Iceman, the 56-year-old year old Dutchman has baffled scientists for years.
He’s climbed Mount Everest in nothing but a pair of shorts and ran a marathon in the Namibian Desert with no water. He broke a world record after staying submerged in ice for almost two hours without his core body temperature changing. He’s been poked and prodded in a science lab and resisted illness with the power of his mind.
Using a combination of cold immersion, breathing techniques and mental focus, Wim says anyone can do what he can do.
When he’s not living in his houseboat in the Netherlands, he takes daredevil punters on expeditions to freezing locations around the world, teaching them his method.
To test Wim’s theory, Vice asked hosts Matt Shea and Daisy-May Hudson to learn his method and climb a freezing cold mountain in their shorts for a documentary, Iceman.
“For me, God is cold,” Wim told them. “You could say that. I think of the cold as a noble force. It’s just helping me, training me … It’s bringing me back to nature the way it was meant to be. And this way, I not only endure the cold, I love the cold.”
Wim holds 20 world records. Picture: Vice
Wim holds 20 world records. Picture: Vice Source: Supplied
When Iceman producer Daisy-May Hudson first met Wim, she was initially sceptical. “But his charisma and absolute belief in his method quickly whirls you on the journey,” she told “After the first round of breathing, I was quite blown away. It felt like my whole body was surging and I had this second layer around me.
“The second time I did it, I was holding my breath for four to five minutes. Even when you felt like you needed to breathe, you tell your brain you don’t [need to] and suddenly you can hold your breath for another minute and a half.
“It’s about pushing through all the normal conditioning and limitations of our body that we put on ourselves.”
As Matt, Daisy and Wim climb freezing Mount Snezna in Poland, Matt describes how the breathing technique works.
“I’m breathing in more oxygen than I need and breathing out without fully letting go, doing that five times and on the final breath squeezing my neck, chest and head and that creates either real or illusionary heat and then you let go. And that’s how we get to the top of the mountain,” he explains to the camera, while wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and his hiking boots.
Daisy and Matt during their training, where they practise the breathing exercises in free
Daisy and Matt during their training, where they practise the breathing exercises in freezing cold water. Picture: Vice Source: Supplied
Wim and Matt put their techniques to the test. Picture: Vice
Wim and Matt put their techniques to the test. Picture: Vice Source: Supplied
In another scene, Matt and Wim stand in a freezing lake in their swimmers. “We just stayed in that freezing cold water for one minute, and the crazy part is I feel warm on the inside,” Matt says. “It must be adrenaline or something, but I finally get it.
“By standing in there and letting the adrenaline rush over you, you don’t feel the cold. I could stand out here for a while. If you concentrate hard enough the snow looks just like sand and you feel like you’re at the beach.”
Daisy said she had to let her body surrender control over to her mind. “It suddenly felt like all the things that we’d been taught, like don’t swim in minus freezing water, don’t climb up a mountain naked and don’t hold your breathe because you’ll die, was all being shattered,” she said.
While people might describe Wim as a superhero, in just a few hours Daisy and Matt were learning the techniques Wim uses to achieve his world records. “It felt like we were the first people stepping on the moon or something — we were literally at the frontiers of science and had the privilege of trying it first hand,” Daisy said.
Few are brave enoguh for a snow hike in shorts. Picture: Vice
Few are brave enoguh for a snow hike in shorts. Picture: Vice Source: Supplied
In the documentary, Wim’s son Enahm says his father’s decision to push his body this hard came after his wife committed suicide in 1995. He has since remarried.
“Everything started there,” Enahm explains. “My mum was psychotic. She had 11 personalities and she was never there for us. They stuff her up with pills and she committed suicide. So that was the beginning of my dad exploring the answers to all of life’s problems.”
Wim says sadness motivates him. “What happens when your wife, who you love so dearly, suicides? You don’t understand. You just don’t understand. You have no power anymore.
“You know people think I’m crazy. Maybe I am crazy, but not because of my breathing techniques, not because of my cold water swimming, not because of my being fearless in extreme challenges.”
But it’s not death Wim fears. “I fear not living fully,” he says.
Wim wants to use his body as a laboratory and hopes his techniques will lead to a cure for mental illness and trauma. His goal is to make us happy, healthy and strong. “Love is my mission.”

Mont Blanc's first ascent, and the crazed crystal hunter who made it

There's a reason that August 8, 1786, is worth remembering. Mont Blanc's peaks are some of the deadliest in the world, but two mountaineers, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard, tackled them anyway. In the process, they gave birth to mountaineering and kindled a spirit of adventure that every climber chases today.

The highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc had long captivated the adventurers of 18th-century Europe. One man of the era, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, was especially obsessed. Saussure was a scientist fascinated with the geology and botany of the Alps, and that, along with a healthy sense of adventure, inspired him to try to scale the mountain.

Unfortunately, Saussure couldn't scale Mont Blanc himself — his efforts always came up short. So he decided to publicly offer a reward to any man who could scale the mountain and then help him reach the top (reports on the value of the prize vary). Overnight, prize-chasing adventurers joined in to try to scale the mountain, seeking fame and fortune.

A 26-year-old crystal and chamois hunter named Jacques Balmat was up to the challenge. A son of two peasants, he sold crystals to collectors, wandering between villages and in the mountains. He needed cash, but he wasn't only climbing for the award — for him, Mont Blanc had become an obsession.
The incredible adventure of reaching Mont Blanc's summit for the first time

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This depicts an 1851 ascent of Mont Blanc, more than half a century after Balmat and Paccard conquered it.

"The determination to reach the summit of Mont Blanc was jogging in my head night and day," Balmat said. "At night I had hardly closed my eyes when I dreamt I was on my climb of discovery."

His thoughts were rivetingly recorded in 1881 by T. Louis Oxley in The First Ascent of Mont Blanc: A True Story. At night, Balmat dreamed of clamping his fingers onto the face of a rock. In his nightmares, he imagined dropping down and grabbing a branch just before his death.

That obsession drove him to attempt the climb. He told his wife he was off to hunt for the crystals he sold to collectors, and then he filled a gourd with brandy, got a piece of bread, and set off on his journey.

Mont Blanc's heights were challenging, but the problem of navigation was more important — it wasn't so much that people couldn't scale the mountain, but that they didn't know how to scale it. Crevasses, ice bridges, and byzantine routes made it not only an athlete's challenge, but an explorer's challenge as well.

Balmat spent his first night on a rock, waiting until morning to continue his climb. Bad weather forced him to descend after an initial attempt. At the village of Moud below, Balmat encountered a group of guides who'd attempted similar ascents, and he reluctantly linked up with them on the way back up the mountain. Along the way, they met other groups of hikers, all trying to claim the prize for themselves, but bad weather sent Balmat down the mountain yet again. He wouldn't return until three weeks later, on August 8, 1786.


That day, he found Dr. Michel Paccard, whom he already knew from hiking, and told him he was going to try again. After Balmat had done little convincing, they set off (once they'd acquired a little more brandy). Thanks to good weather, they rose quickly, though a rough wind slowed them down. They kept going, at one point gazing down and spotting a group looking back at them with telescopes.

Finally, on August 8, 1786, they reached the top. "I had reached the goal where no one had as yet been," Balmat said, "not even the eagle nor the chamois."

Numbed, broken, exhausted, and exhilarated, they descended, having climbed an unclimbable mountain and having changed mountaineering forever.
What really happened on top of that mountain?

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A sculpture of Balmat and Saussure.

Balmat's retelling paints himself as an unwavering hero and Paccard as, at best, a conscript to Balmat's great dream. In reality, Paccard was probably a more active and competent companion (a case that the Paccards actively made in the legacy-building years that followed). Only Balmat and Paccard really know the truth.

But whatever the true narrative, one part of the story is clear: Their feat changed mountaineering forever.

As recalled in The Summits of Modern Man, Balmat and Paccard quickly claimed their award from Saussure, and Balmat subsequently helped Saussure climb the mountain himself for further study. The unconquerable mountain had been conquered, and a new age of mountaineering was born, in which scientific enterprise and adventure were inextricably linked, thanks to a botanist, a doctor, and a very brave peasant.


For Balmat, everything changed, and, at the same time, not much changed at all. The explorer who had said he'd been thrown into "a state of rapture" at the top of the mountain never gave up chasing that rush. Many years later, in 1834, he chased after rumors of gold in the Sixt Valley, in hopes of partnering his glory with wealth. He fell into the chasm, and his body was never found. But he probably wouldn't have been satisfied if he hadn't gone on that journey.

Before reaching Mont Blanc, he said that "I felt I should live in a sort of purgatory if I did not succeed." Balmat could never stay in the safe middle — he was born for extremes. And he reached them, no matter how high they were.

Google has a Stagefright bug fix for Android owners

It reportedly infected nearly 1 billion phones. Stagefright, the bug that infected nearly 1 billion of Google’s GOOG -1.15% Android phones with a single text, has a fix. Google announced that the bug was handled in a recent software update to its Android phones. The security firm Zimperium found that 95% of Android phones were vulnerable to the malware by opening the text message. However, Google told CNBC Wednesday that 90% of Android devices were protected because of what’s called “address space layout randomization.”
          Google has also said that there will be updates to its Messenger service in which video messages won’t play automatically when previewed. That would halt a similar bug from infecting devices in the future.

YouTube Gaming preview build now available for Android

YouTube Gaming

Now’s the chance to get your hands on Google’s plot to unseat Twitch as the king of video game streaming. A “creator preview” build of the YouTube Gaming Android app is live on APK Mirror and rolling out (slowly) to the Play Store (so don't be alarmed if you don't see it just yet). Even though it’s a preview build, the app has a lot of functionality. You’re greeted with a spot for live video at the top, which you can swipe through to check out four other live feeds. With Gamescom in full gear, this is an ideal time to unveil news about YouTube Gaming. youtube gaming android YouTube gaming follows Google’s Material Design aesthetic with lots of game-friendly goodies. The app is organized much like the YouTube app, with two other sections you can get to by swiping to the left or right. You’re able to star favorite games or channels, and of course tap into YouTube’s search capabilities.
youtube gaming android
YouTube gaming follows Google’s Material Design aesthetic with lots of game-friendly goodies.
 The story behind the story: 
             After losing to Amazon in an effort to buy Twitch, Google decided to build its own competitor from scratch under the YouTube umbrella. With YouTube’s strong identity as the hub for all online video and Google’s wide reach of services expect the company to make a strong effort. Defeating Twitch may be a tall order, but as with other services, there is often room for two or more at the top.